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Legal news from Thursday, April 22, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Kyrgyzstan interim deputy leader Omurbek Tekebayev announced Thursday that the country would hold a referendum on a new constitution on July 27. Tekebayev, part of the interim government that took power two weeks ago amid an anti-government uprising, said the new constitution would guarantee a parliamentary republic and reduce the powers of the president in …

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by Daniel Makosky

Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka appeared before parliament Thursday to call for both his freedom and respect for the "rule of law." Fonseka argued for his release from what he characterized as an "illegal detention" and a byproduct of injustice, while also insisting on democratic improvements [BBC …

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by Erin Bock

The Netherlands Utrecht District Court on Thursday acquitted members of the Arab European League (AEL) of hate speech charges resulting from the posting a cartoon on their website that insinuated that the Holocaust was fabricated. The criminal complaint against the group alleged that the cartoon violated Article 137c of the Dutch …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court on Thursday convicted Radomir Vukovic and Zoran Tomic for their alleged roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war. The accused were found guilty of genocide under Article 171 paragraph a) of the BiH criminal code and were each …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

A US military panel in Iraq on Thursday acquitted Navy SEAL Julio Huertas of any wrongdoing in connection with the alleged assault of a high-profile Iraqi detainee. A six-person jury found Huertas not guilty on charges of dereliction of duty and impeding an investigation for taking no action while a fellow SEAL allegedly punched and …

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by Jonathan Cohen

A group of more than 30 privacy and civil liberty groups on Wednesday asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to suspend the full body scanner program being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The petition states that use of the full body scanner program is an invasion …

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by Andrea Bottorff

German federal prosecutors said Wednesday that they have charged former Red Army Faction (RAF) member Verena Beckman for the 1977 murders of federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and two other men. Beckman was originally arrested two months after Buback's assassination and served 12 years of a life sentence for her role in other killings before …

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by Matt Glenn

Rwandan authorities arrested opposition presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Wednesday, accusing her of denying the 1994 Rwandan genocide and collaborating with terrorists. Authorities cited Ingabire's call for the prosecution of those who killed Hutus during the genocide, in which over 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis, were slain, as evidence of her …

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by Matt Glenn

A US government official said Wednesday that at least five accused Somali pirates will face charges in the US, according to the Associated Press. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity while the transfers are pending, said that the accused will arrive in Norfolk, Virginia, by the end of this week. Although Kenyan …

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